The Vanilla Days Are Over

Thomas Ingenlath has 24 years of experience within the automotive industry, having worked in lead design positions at Audi, Volkswagen and Škoda.
In 2012, he joined the Volvo Car Group as the Senior Vice President at the Volvo Design Center in Gothenburg.

Since his arrival the design direction at Volvo Cars has undergone an intense transformation. He guided the creation of a new design language and the introduction of Volvo's new scalable platform by developing a series of very succesful concept cars. The Concept Estate, the  Concept Coupe and XC Coupe were all built in an unprecedented strategy to wisely utilise the company's resources at the time. These concept cars and the new XC90, S90 & V90, Volvo's  first production vehicles to embody a truly fresh premium offer, have managed to steal the attention of the automotive media as well as the industry itself, catapulting the company to a role model position in design.

In his keynote Thomas shared some of the controversial ideas, the special moments and decisions that were important in this process of transformation. He also talked about his visions for personal mobility in the years to come.